Name: Cam Akers - Position: RB
Height: 5'11" - Weight: 212 lbs
School: Florida State - Age: 20
Pro ceiling: Duke Johnson
Analyst : Chaz Turnbow - @CCNFLDraft
A plus athlete at a good size for the position. Is a one cut back who uses his explosiveness to stick his foot in the ground and accelerate through the line of scrimmage. Runs violent enough to power through poor tackle attempts and lower the boom on smaller defenders. Feet are also quick enough to make defenders consistently miss in the open field with his athleticism, particularly his lateral agility at his size. Has home run speed to be able to take one to the crib if he gets the adequate blocking. At the tackle he always seems to fall forward, again showing his impressive strength and body control. In the passing game he runs routes out of the backfield and catches passes very comfortably. In pass pro he is effective on blitzers that he makes contact with.
The OL/Scheme at FSU makes it hard to tell if Akers himself had bad vision or if he was just distrustful of the talent in front of him. Either way, he has questions about his vision. Due to that, he gets caught trying to create too much, leading to many negative runs and short runs that left meat on the bone. Has marginal contact balance as evidenced by being tripped up on ankle tackles more than he should. While he can get in the way of blitzers and is willing to engage, he shows poor mental processing in regards to picking up blitzers. Routinely picks up nobody or the wrong man. A liability in pass protection in his current state.
Games Watched: Boise State (2019), Virginia (2019), Louisville (2019), NC State (2019), Miami (2019), Florida (2019)
A great athlete who used that athleticism to win in spite of marginal OL play. His explosiveness and big play potential would add to any offense. He needs to improve in pass protection to be considered a true three-down back in the NFL, but he certainly has that potential.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back room is not great. I think Akers is a viable option in the early third round for Tampa Bay to snatch up this back after grabbing a couple trench players in the first couple rounds and fixing up some other needs on this roster. Arians isn’t letting you on the field if you can’t pass protect however, so Cam better put extra effort into that part of his game throughout training camp and the preseason.
The Houston Texans are definitely going to address the RB position in the offseason. The question is do we think that they would address the position with their first pick in the draft with needs at CB and OL, and would Akers be the best player on the board at the position when Houston picks at 57? If they do end up selecting Akers then he would immediately be the best RB in the room and would not have to instantly play a three down role with Duke Johnson in the building.
The Buffalo Bills are low on running back depth. With Frank Gore presumably leaving in free agency their room is low on talent. They currently have Devin Singletary, TJ Yeldon, and Christian Wade under contract. Akers could be a second round target to come in and fill out the ranks in Buffalo to help Singletary give Josh Allen a competent running game.